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EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / HERSCHEL / SPIRE; M. W. L. SMITH ET AL 2017 / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / HERSCHEL / SPIRE; M. W. L. SMITH ET AL 2017 / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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North Galactic Pole as imaged in infrared by the Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS) on ESA's Herschel Space Observatory. The North Galactic Pole lies far from the cluttered disc of the Milky Way, and offers a clean, clear view of the distant Universe beyond. Every single point of light in this image is a distant galaxy. In the sky, the North Galactic Pole it is located somewhere in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices. Herschel was active from 2009 to 2013, and used its instruments to study the sky in the far infrared. PACS was particularly well-suited to mapping large areas of sky. This image is a single-filter map obtained at a wavelength of 160 micrometres as part of the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey (H-ATLAS), and covers some 180.1 square degrees of sky. Image published in 2018. For the equivalent SPIRE Herschel image, see C045/6030.
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